Sure, the former President is still as big a celebrity as ever, but maybe his support doesn’t carry much weight anymore.
From three weeks ago:
Former President Bill Clinton has endorsed San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom’s campaign for governor and will come to California to fundraise for him next month, officials confirmed Tuesday.
Newsom’s campaign believes the endorsement could pay off in a big way for the mayor, who has lagged in money and early polling behind another potential Democratic rival in the 2010 contest, state Attorney General Jerry Brown.
“This is a very important endorsement for us and I think that there are a lot of people out there who still have a great deal of respect for President Clinton, what he did as president and what he’s doing as a senior statesman now in country,” explained Newsom campaign manager Nick Clemons.
With support like that, you’d expect Newsom to close the gap between him and Moonbeam.
Alas, from today…
A new Field Poll shows California Attorney General Jerry Brown with a strong lead in next year’s race for governor, even before he’s declared himself a candidate and despite months of campaigning by his Democratic rival and three Republicans vying for their party’s nomination.
Among Democrats, Brown has a comfortable 20-point lead over Newsom with a quarter of voters undecided.